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Forum topic by garlandkr posted 11-02-2014 10:44 PM 892 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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garlandkr

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11-02-2014 10:44 PM

I usually wax the tables of my tools and let it sit for about 20 minutes then hand buff it with clean shop rags. Today I started to wax and had to leave, completely forgetting to clean it off. It was left on for most of the day and after trying to buff it out there is still a bit of cloudiness. Did I screw up the surface? Any recommendations on getting back the “mirror” finish (not that it ever had one.)


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#1 posted 11-02-2014 10:51 PM

You could recoat “lightly” with wax and buff off immediately. Try this is a small area to see if the shine comes back. If that don’t work try mineral spirits on the cast iron to completely remove the wax. Again try a small area to see if the wax comes off the surface. If that works, be prepared to coat with wax afterwards as the cast iron may flash rust if you wait too long

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 11:13 PM

You might also try using a scuff pad (like Scotchbrite or similar) with a little mineral spirits as kdc69 suggested. The old wax will come off, but do re-wax it as soon as you are done cleaning the old wax off.

Ron

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 11:15 PM

NO scuffpad, just a cloth and mineral spirits. Then reapply and buff.

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garlandkr

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 11:23 PM

thanks, ill give the rewaxing a try first. sounds like it will just re-activate the existing wax and allow me to basically start over.

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 11:25 PM

Won’t hurt anything. Spirits and rewax.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 11:26 PM



thanks, ill give the rewaxing a try first. sounds like it will just re-activate the existing wax and allow me to basically start over.

- garlandkr

Exactly. If a light coat doesn’t reactivate the wax , then just remove it all with mineral spirits. I don’t recommend a scotch brite pad though as it would scratch up the cast iron.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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bowedcurly

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 11:59 PM

couple coats of shellac won’t have to worry about waxing all the time.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 01:15 AM

I apply wax to all my cast iron surfaces and never buff it off. Run some lumber across it and no worries.

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#9 posted 11-03-2014 03:07 AM

Andy’s solution is a good one. I can’t really think of anything that’s going to be hurt by not buffing it. I suppose it’s possible you won’t be getting the wax down into the pores of the metal if you don’t buff it.

If you do want to buff it, just apply a little more wax and then buff it out as usual. The solvent in the new wax will dissolve the old then evaporate just like when you added it the first time. Definitely no need to remove the wax and start over.

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